HOT BLAST: Women in the U.S. Marines
Nov 21, 2013 | 1900 views |  0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The age-old debate about women's role in the U.S. military has taken a different twist.

Three female Marines have recently passed the service's tough infantry testing course, but Marine leadership say the women will not be placed in infantry units anytime soon. Today, the Washington Post reported that "virtually all positions in the Navy and Air Force are accessible to women, with the exception of some elite commando teams. For the Marine Corps, however, the biggest obstacle to integrating women into the infantry may be overcoming a deep-seated cultural resistance to the idea. The Marines are the most tradition-­bound and male-dominated of the armed services. Only 7 percent of the Corps is female, half the overall rate for the U.S. military."

Thoughts? Should the Marines allow these women, and others who pass the rigorous testing, to join their male counterparts in the infantry?

-- Phillip Tutor
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